We left the apartment at 8:30 AM to catch the train to Sintra. It's only about a 40 minute ride there.
Since it's not high season, there weren't a ton of people visiting. So that made our experience all the better. Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and when we arrived, we could see why. It's really a cute town. It was a bit chilly at Sintra because it sits at a higher altitude than Lisbon. All the palaces have large grounds with forest area, flowers, ponds, and unique greenery that we wanted to see. We decided that we would see Monserrate and Pena Palaces and forgo the Moorish Castle. Monserrate was first and then to Pena Palace for the afternoon thinking we would have better sunlight for pictures. Pena Palace is one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal.
Arriving first at Monserrate Palace and getting ready to pay the entrance fee, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that we could get a better deal than originally planned. We thought we would only pay to see the grounds and outside of each palace, but for the same price, we were able to also go inside both. And, we could take pictures inside as long as we didn't use a flash.
Because this is a lengthy blog, Part 2 at Pena Palace will be completed tomorrow.